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Pentecostals in America

By: Walsh, Arlene Sanchez

Part of the Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series series
0231512228 / 9780231512220
3871 x 229 mm 147 pages

Pentecostalism is one of the most significant modern movements in global Christianity today.

A mixture of ecstatic expression and earnest piety, metaphysical nuance and embodied spirituality, it is far more than the stereotype of a supernatural sideshow.

In this presumably secular era, Pentecostalism continues to grow, adapting to a diverse religious marketplace and becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Originally an American phenomenon, it is now a globe-spanning religion. In this book, Arlene M. Sanchez Walsh provides a thematic overview of Pentecostalism in America, covering Pentecostal faith and practices, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, trends and offshoots, and the future of American Pentecostalism.

She also considers Pentecostalism's spiritual lineages, examining colorful leaders, ordinary adherents, and prominent outliers, as well as its deep roots in American popular culture.

She examines Pentecostalism as a narrative performance, aiming to explain what Pentecostalism is through the experiences and stories of its adherents.

Sanchez Walsh treats this Christian movement with the critical eye it has often lacked, and places it in context within the larger narrative of American religious history.

An indispensable introduction to Pentecostalism, rich with insights for experienced readers, Pentecostals in America is an essential study of a vibrant religious movement.


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